Few events of the last decade have loomed as large in US politics as the US decision to invade Iraq in March 2003. Ten years later, what is the lasting legacy of the… Continue reading
JOOST HILTERMANN – There is little that could prevent small local conflicts from escalating into an Arab-Kurdish battle, except a political desire for stability on both sides and a residual US mediating role.
AARON DAVID MILLER — Israel and Palestine are poised uneasily between a peace they cannot have and a confrontation they try to avoid.
ALEXANDER COOLEY — United States strategy in Central Asia was guided by the Afghanistan conflict. This singular focus may come back to bite American policymakers during the next decade.
THEO FARRELL — The Taliban are ready to negotiate. The US and NATO are the ones turning the cold shoulder.
GEORGE BISHARAT – A two-state solution would be damaging to Palestinian rights, and impossible to achieve.
BARBARA BODINE — The USS Cole tragedy illustrated Yemen as a country willing but often without the resources to aid in the American “War on Terror.”
MARCIN ANDRZEJ PIOTROWSKI – For Poland, like many European nations, Afghan policy will be put on hold until after the United States gets the White House in order.
SUMAYA BOUADI — It was a generational shift in thought that guaranteed a revolution long before Mohammad Bouaziz ever sold fruit on Tunisian streets.
STEN RYNNING — NATO earns a score of 6/10 for its cohesion, but only a 3/10 for strategic management. This assessment illuminates a stark contrast between the Alliance’s military successes and political disappointments.
ROSEMARY HOLLIS — The British experience in Iraq taught the UK about the region, and its place in Europe. Yet many leaders are not interested in learning any lessons.
STEPHEN STARR — Syria has its own silent majority, and it does not support the rebels or the regime.
ROBERT M. HATHAWAY — Pakistan and the United States have fostered a shallow alliance in Afghanistan. Leaders on both sides are troubled by its effects.
MICHAEL BAUER — Al Qaeda failed to establish its caliphate in Iraq. For European counterterrorist experts, that was never the point of the war.
GEOFFREY GARRETT — Australia has always followed the United States into tricky situations. Afghanistan is no different.
SHIRO WACHIRA – Is Iran barking up the wrong tree in Africa?
SAAD JAWAD – The 2003 invasion created a far more dangerous period for Iraqi intellectuals than under Saddam, and fractured Iraq’s political landscape.
The P-WW’s own Editor, Matthew Schweitzer, discusses Tunisia’s Arab Spring experience and the lessons it could teach the Palestinian authorities, at the Jerusalem Post: “The nation that set the Arabic-speaking world on fire stands… Continue reading
NOAH FELDMAN – Religion and democracy can coexist in the Middle East. Just look at Iraq and Tunisia.
COLIN KAHL – If Iran obtains nuclear weapons, it would destabilize the region. But it could also destabilize itself. And forget about it sharing those secrets with its proxies.
AMATZIA BARAM - Saddam learned his own lessons from Iraq’s political history, and his conclusions were not that illogical.
DAVID BETZ – When Information goes to war, the results might not be as unprecedented as one might think.
BRUCE JENTLESON – In the Middle East, unlike in Vegas, what happens in one country does not stay in that country.
F. GREGORY GAUSE III – How can the international community understand Saudi Arabian politics?
JOSEPH S. NYE – As leaders increasingly understand the character of power in international politics, the better their policy will become.
JENNIFER HEATH – It is impossible to put a single face on Afghanistan, despite the West’s best attempts.
EDWARD BURKE – It is important to remember that Russia’s involvement in Syria is based on Cold War memories.
MUJIB MASHAL – An Al Jazeera reporter paints a picture of Afghanistan.
STEPHEN BIDDLE – To achieve victory in Afghanistan, the United States and NATO will have to compromise without betraying their key goals.
NED PARKER – The war destroyed what little infrastructure Iraq had. And what’s worse, there is no precedent for building it again.
SIR LAWRENCE FREEDMAN – The British decision to invade Iraq was based less on whether the operation was justified and more on whether the UK should follow their American allies.
NOAM CHOMSKY – The West has its own agenda for the Arab Spring and the region.
DANIEL BYMAN – What institutions can be used to pressure the Syrian regime, and what should be done if those mechanisms fail?
CATHERINE LUTZ – “There is nothing more American, in many ways, unfortunately, than a place bristling with weapons and soldiers.”
MATTHEW KROENIG – Attacking Iran might be risky, but the alternative is far worse.
AARON DAVID MILLER – The problem with Mideast peace is that the conditions for it simply do not exist yet.
PETER D. FEAVER – Success in war is a complex, multifaceted subject that goes beyond the battlefield.
ZOE H. WOOL – In the unique social world of a military hospital, many veterans are “alone in common.”
RICK HALPERIN – “Pick a country and it becomes apparent that it has a whole host of problems.”
AARON HAHN TAPPER – It is impossible to separate religious determination from a people’s will, especially in democracy.